The Atomic Dashboardsee what they look like in the macroscopic world
The Atomic Dashboard is an interactive chemistry resource and learning tool developed by Bitwixt Software Systems. Used by educators, students, scientists, and the simply curious, The Atomic Dashboard features an interactive periodic table that lets you explore the chemical elements -- their properties, periodic trends, history, and relevance to society. And more exciting, with its new 3D Molecule Library and its physics-based, 3D models of atomic orbitals, molecules, compounds, gases, and crystals, you can explore the relationships between the behavior of atoms and molecules and their 3D structure.
A Dashboard for Chemical Knowledge
Nearly 150 years ago, the distinguished Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev discovered previously hidden relationships between the physical and chemical properties of the elements and their atomic weights. Ordering pieces of paper representing the elements into a two-dimensional grid -- a table -- he grouped together elements with similar properties. Thus was born the periodic table.
Over the years, as the periodic table was expanded, it revealed the organizing principles of matter. In fundamental ways, it contains all of chemistry -- in ways that even Mendeleev could never have dreamed. Master its secrets and you're on your way to mastering chemistry.
Yet, for much of that time the periodic table has remained lifeless -- a collection of boxes mounted on the walls of desolate lecture halls and on the inside covers of musty textbooks.
The Atomic Dashboard Brings the Periodic Table to Life
Whether you're a student, a teacher, or someone who just wants to understand how the universe works, The Atomic Dashboard will connect you to everything you need to know about the building blocks of matter, the elements:
dive down to see what they look like in the atomic-level world
explore how they are constructed at the atomic level
investigate how the atoms combine into different forms of the elements
discover how they combine with other elements to form compounds
look up their physical properties
determine how their properties depend on the structure of the atom (periodic trends)
learn about each element's abundance in the earth's crust, in seawater and in the solar system
delve into their history
keep informed of news about the elements in today's world
link to interesting and informative resources about the elements on the web (e.g., famous actors sing "The Elements" song or see sodium explode in water)
Explore a Vast Collection of 3D Molecules
Now you can also use The Atomic Dashboard to find, download and view interesting molecules from a collection of 25 million 3D models available in the PubChem database at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Search the PubChem database by molecule name, by chemical formula, or by searching for terms as wide ranging as "vitamins," "hydrocarbons," or "detergents." Download these molecules and inspect them using the unique 3D viewing tools in The Atomic Dashboard's Model Window.
Explore the bonding characteristics of molecules, including the covalent bonding structure ("3D Lewis structures") and the locations of lone pair electrons.
If you're taking organic chemistry, zoom in and examine the 3D features of organic molecules that are so important to reaction mechanisms.
Calculate the molecular mass and percent composition of the elements that make up a molecule by entering its chemical formula.
The Atomic Dashboard's user interface is dead simple -- it's the periodic table. And as you navigate The Atomic Dashboard, you are also navigating the principles of chemistry.
New PropertiesElemental abundance in the solar system
Listing of the elements' most common isotopes
New 3D Molecule library
Search for interesting molecules from a collection of 25 million 3D models available from the PubChem database at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Search the PubChem database by by molecule name, by chemical formula, or by just searching for terms as wide ranging as "vitamins," "hydrocarbons," or "detergents." Download these molecules and inspect them using the unique 3D viewing tools in The Atomic Dashboard's Model Window.
Explore the bonding characteristics of molecules, including their covalent bonding structure ("3D Lewis Structure") and the locations of lone pair electrons. If you're taking organic chemistry, zoom in and examine the 3D features of organic molecules that are so important to reaction mechanisms.
New Molecular Mass Calculator
Calculate the molecular mass and percent composition of elements that make up a molecule by entering its chemical formula, e.g., CH3CO.
New 3D Viewing Options for Atoms, Molecules and Orbitals
Atomic Labels -- Displays characters on each atom that represent its atomic symbol or its atomic number.
Bond Pairs Model Type -- Represents bonds as pairs of small spheres representing the shared electron pairs in covalent bonds. This representation, along with the display of lone pairs can be thought of as a "3D Lewis Structure."
Lone Pairs -- Displays a pair of small spheres for each set of lone pair electrons, and/or a thin mesh representing the "lobes" of electron density where the lone pairs are located.
Orbital Color Selection -- The "clouds" of dots that represent the orbitals can now be colored in one of two ways. The first option is to color each orbital by its type, e.g. 1s, 2s, 2p, etc. The second option is to color code each orbital dot by the sign of the orbital wavefunction at that point -- with red dots representing positive values and blue dots representing negative values.
Background Color -- Sets the Model Window's background color -- some models display better on a lighter background. For example, the display of orbitals when using an LCD projector typically exhibits the most contrast on a white background.
New Detailed Help System
The Help System now provides more detail, direct access to Help resources from all program windows, and easy navigation between topics.
The Atomic Dashboard (com.bitwixt.theatomicdashboard) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com.
Operating System: Mac
Default Install Path: /Applications/The Atomic Dashboard.app
Minimum OS version: 10.6.6
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